DECLARATION OF LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY

On March 23, 2020, Mayor and City Council of the City of Stone Mountain convened in emergency session and declared, by ordinance, a Local State of Emergency for the City of Stone Mountain.  Additionally, the Emergency Ordinance 2020-01 offered restrictions as enforced by the Governing Authority to aid in the control of the spread of COVID-19.  Such restrictions include the following:

  • Any person showing symptoms recognized by the CDC as indicators of COVID-19 shall refrain from entering public buildings, restaurants, shops, public transportation facilities and all other areas where the public ingresses or egresses. Such person should seek medical attention and follow the directions of their Primary Care Physician until given the clearance to return to public interaction.
  • All individuals in public places must maintain and restrict in person contact as much as possible and maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals.
  • All Stone Mountain playgrounds are closed. Individuals shall not utilize playground or outdoor recreation equipment.
  • All individuals are asked to participate in a voluntary curfew beginning at 9:00 pm and ending at 6:00 am, except for necessary trips to and from work, for medical treatment, food or medication, or other emergency.
  • All public gatherings of 10 or more are prohibited in accordance with current CDC guidance. Such numerical limitation shall be deemed changed if and when the CDC increases or decreases such number, without necessity of further action by Executive Order.
  • All individuals and families are encouraged to shelter in place as much as possible;

Additionally, beginning on March 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and continuing until repealed in the manner specified by Section 2.23 of the City Charter, the following restrictions shall be imposed in Stone Mountain:

 

  • All businesses except "Essential Businesses," as defined below, shall have hours of operation beginning no earlier than 6:00 a.m. and ending no later than 9:00 p.m.
  • There shall be no dine-in service at any restaurant, brewery or bar. Such establishments shall only be open for take-out or delivery services.
  • Any establishment that is licensed for on premises consumption of alcoholic beverages shall be allowed to sell such unopened beverages curbside or to take-out customers only during the times specified on the establishment's license. The City makes no representations as to the effect of these types of sales on an establishment's state liquor license.
  • Bowling alleys, gyms, fitness centers, nail salons, spas, beauty salons, barbers, or other establishments offering personal grooming services shall reduce maximum occupancy to 10 persons.
  • All indoor funeral gatherings shall be limited to no more than 10 persons or so many persons as indicated by future CDC guidance on large gatherings; Graveside services of 10 or less participants are highly encouraged.
  • Funeral homes shall strive for density reduction in all activities and shall ensure vehicles used to transport families are thoroughly cleaned between uses in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • All houses of worship shall also strive for density reduction in all services, whether scheduled or based upon a life event such as a funeral or baptism, and wherever practical shall practice physical distancing. Houses of worship are further encouraged to use social media or other video outlets to broadcast worship services.
  • All employers and businesses which remain open for use by the public must take the necessary steps to restrict in person contact and maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals while in the establishment;
  • Essential Businesses are defined as the following, in accordance with the Executive Order issued by Dekalb County, Georgia CEO Michael Thurmond on March 23, 2020:
  • Health care operations, including research and laboratory operations
  • Federal, State, County and Municipal services
  • Utilities (gas, electricity, phone, cable)
  • Banks and credit unions
  • Essential Infrastructure--telecommunications, airports, airlines, transportation (buses, MARTA, Lyft, Uber, taxis)
  • Delivery services (businesses that deliver or ship foods or goods to homes or businesses)
  • Essential Manufacturing/Construction to maintain public health, safety and welfare
  • Businesses selling food
  • Pharmacies
  • Businesses that perform repair work for businesses and homes
  • Trash and recycling collection, processing, and disposal
  • Mail and shipping services
  • Laundromats/dry cleaning
  • Janitorial Services (Building/Residential cleaning and maintenance)
  • Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations
  • Auto repair and gas stations
  • Warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
  • Funeral homes, crematories, and cemeteries
  • Storage for essential businesses
  • Animal shelters or animal care or management and crematories
  • Bike shops
  • News Media
  • Logistical and Tech Support
  • Cafeterias located within medical, industrial, government or other such production facilities that are performing essential functions that are necessary to promote health, welfare and vital resources in DeKalb County. These facilities are strongly encouraged to stagger meal times, limit use as much as feasible to achieve physical distancing, and to thoroughly follow CDC protocols of cleaning.
  • Childcare or elderly care facilities located within medical, industrial, government or other such production facilities that are performing essential functions that are necessary to promote health, welfare and vital resources in DeKalb County.
  • Any service that is deemed by the Chief Executive Officer to be essential for the protection of public health, safety and welfare.
  • To view a full copy of the Ordinance, please click here.